TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Man Utd have edge on Chelsea in Eder Militao battleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United enjoy an edge on Chelsea in any shootout for Porto defender Eder Militao.UOL Esporte says Militao’s release clause stands at €50m (£45m) and the player’s agent Kia Joorabchian will try to ensure United meet that valuation next month.The 20-year-old was watched by United scouts recently as Porto ran out 4-1 winners over Portimonense.But Militao is also being chased by Everton and Chelsea.However, the Blues would have to overcome differences with Joorabchian and Militao’s other representatives Giuliano Bertolucci and Jorge Ulisses to secure a deal.United boss Jose Mourinho also boasts close links with Porto after their previous success together.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde confirms Munir leavingby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has confirmed Munir El Haddadi is leaving.The 54-year-old tactician has clarified that both the Blaugrana and the Spanish-Moroccan have decided to part ways.”Munir has made a decision and the club has also taken it,” he told a press conference on Wednesday.”We want a solution as soon as possible, if possible during this market.”I have nothing against Munir, as he has played and trained well and I don’t have much more to say about it.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Argentina coach Scaloni reveals injury for Man City striker Agueroby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been carrying a calf injury and has not been in full training.The problem was revealed by his Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni, who left him out of the national squad for the current international break.Scaloni did not reveal the nature of the injury, but he hinted that it is nothing serious by saying he expected Aguero to join up with Argentina for the next international fortnight, which is next month. He said, “(Lionel) Messi is not here due to suspension. “Sergio Aguero is not here because he’s been carrying a problem and has not been training 100 per cent with his club. Surely both will be here next month.”
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said the pressure on his players made it feel like they were at war after a 2-0 win over Qatar earned them a place in the Copa America quarter-finals.Goals from Lautaro Martinez and Sergio Aguero ensured the Albiceleste avoided a potential banana skin on a night when defeat would have sent them crashing out of the competition at the first hurdle.Victory teed up a quarter-final clash with Group A runners-up Venezuela and Scaloni admitted the result was a welcome one after a gruelling start to the competition. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Argentina’s performances will have to improve if they are looking to lift their first Copa America trophy since 1993, with early displays meaning that an exit from the competition in the group stages was not out of the realms of possibility.90 ‘FIM DO JOGO0-2Baixe o App Oficial da #CopaAmerica e nao perca nenhum detalhe: https://t.co/mYYF6r9PXt pic.twitter.com/Hx88gWVo6c — Copa America (@CopaAmerica) June 23, 2019 “We have things to improve but we are satisfied,” said Scaloni at his post-match press conference.”We needed a game like that to gain confidence.”Especially in the second half, we played without fear.”We will have to adjust some things against other types of opponents.”Scaloni came under fire after his players lost to Colombia and drew with Paraguay in their opening games of the competition and failed to play with the confidence and urgency on display against Qatar.He dismissed the impact of that criticism on him personally however, saying: “I never think of myself. I always think of the national team.”I would like the message to be different, to be balanced at the end of the tournament. Everything surrounding the national team should be more balanced.”Sometimes, these guys go out to play a soccer game and they seem to go out and play a war. With the pressure on them sometimes it is difficult to play.”The message should be that while playing in the Copa America we are all on the same side.”Argentina have only won silverware twice since 1993, with both of those being gold medals at the Olympic Games in 2004 and 2008, while they came closest in recent history at the 2014 World Cup when they lost to Germany in the final.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he will not “spoon feed” Alexis Sanchez as the Chilean looks to get his Manchester United career back on track. Sanchez has mostly disappointed since joining United from Arsenal in January 2018, coming over in a swap deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move in the other direction.The 30-year-old has scored just five total goals in 45 appearances for United, including only one goal in the Premier League last season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Sanchez has been linked with an exit from Old Trafford this summer, but his massive salary of £500,000 per week will make any transfer difficult. Solskjaer, though, didn’t reveal much when asked if he was planning on having Sanchez at Old Trafford this season, saying: “At the moment, yes I am.”The manager was then asked if he thought it was possible for Sanchez to get back to his best, and he again demurred. “I will have to help, but you can’t spoon feed them,” Solskjaer said. “They’ve got to come in and grab their chances.”Alexis is quality and he showed it in Copa America. Then he got his injury. I don’t think it’s too bad so I’m hoping he will be available for maybe Kristiansund [on July 30] or AC Milan [four days later] so he will at least get some football before the season starts.”After scoring two goals in the tournament’s first five games, Sanchez suffered a hamstring injury in Chile’s 2-1 defeat to Argentina in the Copa America third-place playoff earlier this month. Sanchez is not the only player who may depart Old Trafford this summer, with Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku among a host of other names to be linked with an exit from the club. Solskjaer said he wanted to give Pogba a “new challenge” with United after the France star spoke out about his desire to leave last month.Lukaku has been linked with a move to Inter and though Solskjaer didn’t deny the potential sale, he insisted that United would need a backup plan for it to happen. “If we sell players we will have to replace them,” Solskjaer said. The manager also made clear that there were no easy fixes to be found in the transfer market. “I know it’s hard getting players in and over the line,” he said.”We’ve been doing our jobs. We’ve been finding, identifying players. Scouting them. But they have got clubs.”It took time with Aaron (Wan-Bissaka), it took time with Dan (Daniel James), but they got it over the line. It’s not like we’re going to sign 10 players. It can’t be a quick fix.”As I’ve said to you, we’re working on one or two and we’re still hoping but I also understand that the market has changed. Prices have soared.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 03: A general view of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on November 3, 2012 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Tragedy has struck the Maryland football program. Offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who was hospitalized following a recent team workout, has passed away.McNair was listed as being in “critical but stable” condition after being hospitalized. According to a GoFundMe page established by his family, McNair was airlifted to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland.He underwent a liver transplant and was “fighting for his life.” Specific details regarding what medical event McNair suffered have been scarce.Maryland has yet to release a statement, but McNair’s high school football coach confirmed his passing on Twitter.The world lost a great person today. We will never forget the impact that @TheRealJMcNair had in our lives. RIP Jordan ?. Please keep the Wilson/McNair family in your hearts ♥️ tonight. pic.twitter.com/mP6RUOBzji— Hakeem Sule (@McDCoachSule) June 13, 2018As news of McNair’s death circulated on social media, friends and teammates paid their respects.Rest In Peace Jordan McNair ??? Gone To Soon— DJ Moore? (@idjmoore) June 13, 2018Rest easy big fella. You’re in a better place now may you watch over me and protect me I love you brother❤️— Pj Mustipher (@KingPJ55) June 13, 2018Man I’m speechless! I’m broken into pieces! Never thought this day will happen. You will continue to be with me at all time, I love you forever?!!!. I will continue to talk to you everyday I can see it too!. Fly high and GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU?? pic.twitter.com/GHSzkhjRsF— Eric Burrell (@EricBurrell_) June 13, 2018Lost for words and heartbroken, didn’t see this coming…I lost a teammate today and all I can do is pray and continue to talk to you everyday ????this only gonna make us stronger and another reason to go even harder for you bro..RIP to my guy Jordan ? pic.twitter.com/qgXY637mxh— JLeake (@ny_king20) June 13, 2018This one hurt…. RIP big Jordan ??— Stanley Hubbard III (@__stvnchizze__) June 13, 2018Lord, words cannot explain anything right now. Thank you for allowing me to know a great friend, teammate and a man who was truly a brother. Watch over us all Jordan and rest in peace, Love you forever. ?❤️— Kasim Hill (@Khillqb11) June 13, 2018Rest In Peace Jordan! ??❤️✊?— Boy Dawg (@bigeazy95) June 13, 2018McNair was a four-star recruit in the class of 2017 out of Owings Mills (Md.) McDonogh School. He chose the Terrapins over Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and others.Our thoughts and prayers are with McNair’s family and friends, and the entire Maryland football team.Rest in peace, Jordan.
EAST LANSING, MI – SEPTEMBER 29: A Michigan State helmet sits on the sideline during a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Spartan Stadium on September 29, 2012 in East Lansing, Michigan. Ohio State won the game 17-16. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The landscape of the Big Ten will gain clarity this afternoon, when the Ohio State Buckeyes face the Michigan State Spartans. Considering that weather conditions could favor the team that has more success on the ground, the status of LJ Scott is crucial for Mark Dantonio’s squad.Last weekend, the senior tailback was out of action against Maryland. Although the Spartans were still victorious, defeating the Buckeyes is easily the tougher task.Injuries have hurt Scott’s season, causing him to miss five games. During his time in the field, the versatile running back has 180 rushing yards and 95 receiving yards.While Connor Heyward and La’Darius Jefferson are serviceable options, it appears Scott is trending toward playing today. Spartans reporter Chris Solari tweeted out that Michigan State’s running back was dressed, which bodes well for his chances of being active.LJ Scott is dressed for MSU.— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) November 10, 2018In 2017, the Spartans lost by 45 points on the road to the Buckeyes. With Scott likely in the lineup for this showdown, Michigan State will be ready for revenge.Ohio State and Michigan State will kick off at Noon ET.The game will be on FOX.
The Cleveland Browns are in search of a new head coach after GM John Dorsey fired Hue Jackson earlier this season. Jackson won just three games during his two and a half seasons in charge of the Browns and the organization decided to make a change.So what’s next for Cleveland? With a young star rookie quarterback and a solid roster to play with, the Browns could be looking for an offensive mind to keep pace with the Sean McVay’s of the NFL.Dorsey might have to turn to the college ranks in order to find what he’s looking for.NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. has just the guy: Lincoln Riley. That’s right, the current head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners.@MelKiperESPN is spot on this would be the perfect time for Lincoln Riley to leave the #Sooners for the #Browns @ESPNDari— Joe cardoso (@JoeCardoso301) November 17, 2018Riley’s name has popped up for a few NFL head coaching vacancies, and even one job that isn’t open yet – the Dallas Cowboys.Although Riley said he doesn’t want to leave Oklahoma at this time, this might actually be the perfect time to leave and make the jump to the professional level.
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 5: Fans cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks on September 5, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)The past 24 hours have been rough for Texas Longhorns fans everywhere. Four-star athlete recruit Peyton Powell de-committed from Tom Herman and company just a few days after taking an official visit to Baylor.Not long after, a former top running back recruit reportedly “intends” to transfer from the program. According to Texas insider Anwar Richardson, sophomore running back Toneil Carter plans to leave the Longhorns after the 2018 season.Here’s more from Richardson.Recently learned Texas sophomore running back Toneil Carter intends to transfer. Carter already informed the staff, and his name appeared in the national transfer database on November 28. Finishes with 252 rushing yards and three rushing TDs, six receptions for 31 yards and a TD pic.twitter.com/Eky1mOvXsM— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) December 14, 2018Carter finished the 2017 season with just over 250 yards rushing on 53 carries – three of which went for touchdowns. He ended the 2018 season buried on the depth chart and didn’t receive a carry.He was the No. 10 running back recruit in the 2017 class. Initially, Carter was committed to Georgia, but the return of Sony Michel and Nick Chubb caused him to decommit from the Bulldogs.According to the Texas football roster, Carter is no longer on the team, which appears to confirm Richardson’s report that Carter intends to transfer from the program.
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 20: Running back Maurice Washington #28 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers stretches for an extra yards against defensive lineman Winston DeLattiboudere #46 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the first half at Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska running back Maurice Washington is going to wait a bit longer to get some of his legal proceedings underway. On of his key court dates is now set to be pushed back.According to the Lincoln Journal Star, Washington’s plea hearing has been moved back to July 25 due to a “pending discovery request.” The plea hearing will take place only days before the Huskers open their preseason camp.Washington is facing felony charges in California stemming from an explicit video that he allegedly sent to an ex-girlfriend. He was charged with the felonies back in February of this year.As a freshman, Washington rushed for 455 yards and three touchdowns with a 5.9 yard/carry average. He also contributed an extra 24 receptions for 221 yards and a touchdown. He was poised for an increased role in 2019, but his legal issues now put those plans in jeopardy, especially if the NCAA drops the hammer on him.To make matters worse, earlier this month it was revealed that he had been cited for possessing drug paraphernalia.It may be months, or even the entire season, before all of Washington’s legal problems are completely resolved. But we don’t yet know what head coach Scott Frost will do if all of his issues remain unresolved at the start of the season.
ARLINGTON, TX – JANUARY 12: Ohio State Buckeyes players hold their helmets on the sideline during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)You never want to have one of your key players get hurt during training camp, but preseason injuries affect even the best college football teams.Ohio State is expecting big things from senior defensive end Jonathon Cooper this season, so much so that Cooper was recently named one of the team’s captains.However, the 6-foot-4, 257-pound veteran is reportedly dealing with what looks to be a high-ankle sprain, according to Lettermen Row’s Tim May. May adds that Cooper “might have undergone” a procedure to help facilitate healing.It’s unclear if this injury will cost Cooper any games. Ohio State opens up a week from Saturday. Hearing @OhioStateFB DE and newly elected captain @JonathonCooper7 dealing with lower leg ailment – probably “high ankle” sprain – and might have undergone procedure to enhance healing. OSU has not confirmed. I have not heard that he necessarily will miss game(s) because of it.— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) August 20, 2019As a first-time starter last season, Cooper set career-highs in total tackles (25), tackles for loss (6.5) and sacks (2.5). His production is expected to increase this fall as he takes on an even bigger role.For his career, Cooper has 46 tackles (10.5 for loss) and 5.5 sacks in 33 games.It will be worth monitoring his health moving forward before OSU’s first game on August 31.
to coach craig and all my a&m fans i truly appreciate your support throughout my commitment but i will be continuing my journey at the university of texas #hookem 🤘🏾 pic.twitter.com/eF7whfI0mw— booch (@troyomeire) September 20, 2019It’s a tough blow for Texas A&M’s recruiting efforts, but yet another feather in the cap of Tom Herman and the Longhorns.With the addition of Omeire, Texas now has the No. 5 2020 recruiting class in the nation, and the top class in the Big 12 by 247Sports.Texas A&M, on the other hand, has a respectable 16th-ranked class. NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns looks on during the second half of the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)Back in June, Texas A&M thought it had landed a stud wide receiver in Troy Omeire. Fast-forward to today and the Aggies appear to have lost him to another in-state powerhouse.Taking to Twitter on Friday, Omeire announced that he would be flipping his commitment from Texas A&M to Texas. He said he appreciated the support of receivers coach Dameyune Craig and the Aggies fans.to coach craig and all my a&m fans i truly appreciate your support throughout my commitment but i will be continuing my journey at the university of texas247Sports rates Omeire as a four-star recruit and the No. 188 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 32 wide receiver in the nation, and the No. 29 prospect from the state of Texas.Over the past two years he has recorded 85 receptions for 1,546 yards and 21 touchdowns. For his efforts, Omeire earned all-district honors in both seasons.
Reuters BarcelonaApril 1, 2019UPDATED: April 1, 2019 19:18 IST Pope Francis said Lionel Messi must not be called God (Reuters Photo)For Barcelona fans, Lionel Messi is ‘D10S’, a combination of the Spanish word for “God” – “dios” – with the No 10 on his shirt. But Pope Francis begs to differ.Interviewed by Spanish TV channel La Sexta on Sunday, the pope praised his Argentine compatriot Messi, but said he must not be called God.”In theory, it is sacrilege,” explained the leader of the Catholic Church. “You can’t do it.”People could call him God, just as they might say ‘I adore you’, but only God can be worshipped.”(Saying) ‘He’s a god with the ball on the pitch’ is a popular way to express yourself. He’s great to watch – but he’s not God.”Pope Francis is known to be a football fan, and he is also a club member of Buenos Aires side San Lorenzo.Two goals from Messi gave Barcelona victory in the Catalan derby over Espanyol on Sunday, taking the Liga leaders another step closer to the title.Also Read | I miss Cristiano Ronaldo in Spain, he gave La Liga prestige: Lionel MessiFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Lionel MessiFollow GodFollow PopeFollow Pope FrancisFollow Argentina Next Lionel Messi great to watch, but he’s not God: Pope FrancisPope Francis said that football fans should not call Lionel Messi as God because it is sacrilege adding that only God can be worshipedadvertisement
Next Can’t describe the feeling: Parupalli Kashyap on playing badminton on Mount TitlisParupalli Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth were invited by Switzerland and Engelberg-Titlis Tourism to play an exhibition badminton game on Mount Titlis.advertisement Ateet Sharma EngelbergApril 4, 2019UPDATED: April 4, 2019 16:48 IST Parupalli Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth played badminton on Titlis (Sai Praneeth Instagram Photo)Ever imagined what it would be like to play a badminton match on the Swiss Alps, that too in freezing temperatures? Ask Parupalli Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth who were invited by Switzerland and Engelberg-Titlis Tourism to play an exhibition game on Mount Titlis, at a height of 10,000 feet, recently.The duo, in Switzerland for the Swiss Open Badminton Championship, though weren’t the original choice for the event held to kick-start preparations for the BWF Badminton World Championships scheduled to be held at St Jakobshalle in Basel this August. It was Kashyap’s wife and star Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal who was to travel from the All England Open Championships in Birmingham to participate in this showpiece event, a first in many ways. However, she flew to India after suffering from acute stomach pain’, later diagnosed as acute gastroenteritis.So, here were Kashyap and Praneeth, holding their breath for an edge-of-the-seat experience as their chopper took off from Basel for a 20-minute ride to Engelberg, a small village which also acts as the base for the cable car ride to Titlis. Upon landing, they found themselves surrounded by snow on all sides.”This is unbelievable. It is really beautiful,” Kashyap told India Today as he and Praneeth went on a selfie-taking spree.I miss @nehwalsaina! This is what Parupalli Kashyap has to say on top of @EngelbergTitlis! @parupallik #InLoveWithSwitzerland #TitlisEngelberg pic.twitter.com/eRe7vWPtwjSwitzerland Tourism (@MySwitzerlandIN) March 12, 2019″It was my first time in a helicopter and that too we flew over the Alps. I can’t really describe the feeling,” exclaimed Praneeth.advertisementFrederic Fussenich, the Director of Engelberg-Titlis Tourism, welcomed the Indian players while his team handed over the snow boots and jackets to the Hyderabad duo.”I think Mount Titlis should be on the bucket list of every Indian. They should come here at least once in their life time, most of them do. You have to experience the snow, the glacier caves, go over the high suspension bridge and get the whole feeling of being on the mountain of love as it is called,” said Fussenich.And they create history @parupallik & @saiprneeth92 play the first ever badminton game on top of titlis! We wish you could make it too…@NSaina @EngelbergTitlis pic.twitter.com/JwfsDfg5XoSwitzerland Tourism (@MySwitzerlandIN) March 12, 2019Once on Titlis Rotair, the world’s first 360 degree revolving cable car, it was time for Kashyap to make a video call to Saina back home. The view of snow-covered peaks had completely bowled over the Indian players.”We have seen something like this only in Telgu and Bollywood movies. In fact, I was just telling Praneeth that how can our heroines do song sequences in this kind of snow wearing a saree! This view is breathtaking. I am missing Saina so much. She just told me over phone how much she’s missing this unique experience,” said Kashyap who got married to the champion shuttler last December.A makeshift badminton court was ready for the mixed-doubles exhibition game on the terrace of Mount Titlis which also featured Sabrina Jacques, Switzerland’s No. 1 women’s singles player and para-athlete Karin Suter.Playing badminton at 10,000 feet, in sub-zero temperature and amidst high winds was impossible. However, the players didn’t disappoint a sizeable crowd, consisting of many Indians, with some hard-worked rallies and smashes.”The idea behind the event was to promote the 2019 World Championships which will be held from August 19 to 25 in Basel. When people talk about Switzerland and Basel, they normally think about mountains so we thought that it will be quite nice to do an event at Mount Titlis,” said Robert de Kock, President, Swiss Badminton who is also a BWF Council member.Both Kashyap and Praneeth will also participate in the 25th edition of the World Championships at Basel where 500 athletes from over 50 countries will be seen in action.”Since Mount Titlis is covered in snow throughout the year, maybe I will bring Saina here. She should definitely see this,” Kashyap said as went for a cliff walk on Europe’s highest suspension bridge, just a few hundred meters away from the peak of Mount Titlis.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! 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Next ModistanStrongman Modi stands head and shoulders above everyone else in the eyes of the Indian people. He can do no wrong, it seems, going by the findings of the India Today-Karvy Insights Mood of the Nation Poll for 2019.advertisement Raj Chengappa New Delhi August 16, 2019 ISSUE DATE: August 26, 2019UPDATED: August 21, 2019 12:00 IST Illustration by Nilanjan Das; Digital imaging by Amarjeet Singh NagiOnly rarely does a nation’s destiny become so closely intertwined with that of its leader. Till recently, this pantheon of great Indian leaders had been limited to Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. Some did come within striking distance of that trinity: Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Rajiv Gandhi, Narasimha RaoOnly rarely does a nation’s destiny become so closely intertwined with that of its leader. Till recently, this pantheon of great Indian leaders had been limited to Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. Some did come within striking distance of that trinity: Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Rajiv Gandhi, Narasimha Rao and, for a brief while, even Manmohan Singh when he was re-elected prime minister for the second time. But these statesmen were unable to ascend the altar of mass idolatry.Now, however, a new claimant is emerging to the throne of absolute power: Narendra Damodardas Modi. The size of the screens and the colour with which we view our leaders have drastically altered from the sepia-toned photographs of Gandhi and Nehru and the flickering black-and-white images of Indira on hunchbacked television sets. We now view our leaders on palm-sized screens, keep track of them through their staccato tweets and are more connected with them than ever before. No Indian leader has mastered the wizardry of such an engagement better than Modi. As a result, in just five years, his persona looms even larger than a 70 mm movie screen in our collective consciousness.Like the mythical German god Thor (made popular in recent times by Hollywood), Modi is now regarded as someone who can make both thunder and lightning happen. He is both the storm that can sweep voters off their feet, and its eye. He does not just occupy centre stage, he has become the stage itself. Welcome to Modistan.advertisementNot a day seems to pass without some dramatically scripted scene starring the prime minister. There is Modi directly addressing the nation to explain why he took the most significant decision on Kashmir since India’s Independence by revoking its autonomous status enshrined in Article 370. Then there is Modi in Parliament waxing eloquent on his dream of a $5 trillion-sized economy for India by 2025 and getting a desk-thumping endorsement from his colleagues even though the country faces the biggest economic slowdown since he first took over as prime minister in 2014.There is also Modi exposing the lack of unity in the opposition in the Rajya Sabha (where the government did not have a majority) by getting the bill making triple talaq illegal passed with ease and hailing the victory as righting a historic wrong done to Muslim women. There is Modi again, now in camouflage fatigues, venturing into the wilds of Corbett National Park, for a popular Discovery TV show. When its anchor Bear Grylls, who described Modi as a great sport, asked him whether he used to dream of becoming prime minister, he replied: My focus has always been on one thing: the development of the nation. And I am satisfied doing that job. The nation, for its part, not only seems satisfied with the way Modi is going about doing that job, it also has immense faith in his ability to deliver, as the biannual india today-Karvy Insights Mood of the Nation (MOTN) survey reveals. Coming just two months after he led his party, the BJP, to a stupendous 300-plus majority in Election 2019, the survey shows that Modi’s popularity has soared to stratospheric heights. Seventy-one per cent of those polled rate his performance as prime minister good’ and outstanding’an even higher endorsement than the 69 per cent he got in the MOTN conducted soon after his announcement of demonetisation in November 2016. Though, when it comes to the regions, the south does not endorse his leadership as strongly as the others do. And disaggregated by community, his ratings are lower among non-Hindus, especially Muslims.Do note that the current MOTN was conducted before the Modi government made a historic change in the constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir. His ratings may have soared even higher after that decision, given that close to 57 per cent of those polled in this MOTN had endorsed his party’s manifesto promise to abrogate Article 370. Even without the Kashmir decision, when asked whom they thought was the best prime minister, Modi was rated higher than all other prime ministers by a substantial margin37 per cent compared to Indira Gandhi (14 per cent), Atal Bihari Vajpayee (11 per cent) and Jawaharlal Nehru (9 per cent).Modi has the remarkable skill of keeping his ear to the ground and feeling the pulse of the people, better than anyone else in recent history. That, coupled with a tremendous self-belief, deep convictions, hard work, the ability to think big and take even bigger risks, extraordinary communication skills and talent for dramatic faits accomplis, seems to have elevated him to his current exalted status. Modi can do no wrong in the eyes of the people. The MOTN August 2019 poll findings are a clear indication of that trend.advertisementTake the Pulwama terror attack in February 2019 and the retaliatory strike by the Indian Air Force on a terror camp in Balakot deep inside Pakistan. Though it was a major intelligence failure that led to the attack in Kashmir, Modi’s willingness to carry out an air strike at the risk of losing an election or, worse, even starting a war with Pakistan, saw him emerge as a decisive leader willing to bite the bullet. The poll lists his image as a nationalist strongman and the Balakot strike as the two main reasons why the people re-elected him. The paradoxical public reaction to demonetisation is particularly revealing. Earlier MOTN polls showed that after the initial euphoria over its stated objective of rooting out black money, concern grew in subsequent polls about the disruption it had caused to the economy and the resultant loss of jobs. But Modi exhibited an uncanny ability to convince people that the act was necessary to curb corruption which seems to have positively impacted his poll fortunesregardless of its impact on the economy. Forty-one per cent of our respondents listed corruption-free governance, demonetisation and a crackdown on black money as the biggest achievements of the Modi government. These three figured way higher than even his pro-poor development and social reform schemes like the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana for building houses for the poor and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan for providing toilets to all households. That said, in answers to specific questions in the poll, people did express a high degree of satisfaction with the way the government has implemented its key development programmes.Interestingly, those surveyed endorsed four other significant qualities that should make Modi happy: he is seen as pro-poor, uncorrupt, possessing an extraordinary connect with people and believing in sabka saath, sabka vikaas, sabka vishvaas (despite his party fielding only seven Muslim candidates among the 437 seats it contested in the parliamentary poll). The opposition criticism that Modi is publicity-hungry, pro-rich, dictatorial, anti-Muslim and always in campaign mode did not wash with those who were surveyed. (Rahul Gandhi, please note.)In the January MOTN poll, the lack of jobs and farmers’ distress figured on top of the list of issues of concern among voters. This seemed to open up a window for the opposition to make a fight of it in the national election. Instead, as the August poll indicates, people remain unconvinced by the opposition’s efforts and its clear leadership vacuum as compared to Modi’s jumbo persona. Over 50 per cent of those polled said the main reason for the failure of the opposition was that it had no prime ministerial face and appeared divided. While those surveyed continue to express deep concern for both farmers’ woes and jobs, they seem to have put their trust in Modi’s ability to turn around the flagging economy and tide over the crises.advertisement That Modi remains an unchallenged colossus is evident from the number of seats the BJP is projected to get were an election to be held now. The survey shows that the BJP would win 308 seatsfive more than what the party got in the general election, with its vote share moving up by one percentage point, from 37 per cent. While there is no drop in the Congress vote share of 20 per cent, the survey projects a slide from the already dismal tally of 52 to 49. The only silver lining for the party is that despite Rahul’s decision to quit as president, leaving the party leaderless, its flock of faithful hasn’t deserted itas yet. Asked whether they believed the Congress was in terminal decline, 50 per cent agreed. On the leadership issue, the response was mixed: 49 per cent felt that only a non-Gandhi, non-dynastic leader could revive the party, but when asked to rate Congress leaders, both Priyanka and Rahul figured higher than other Congress leaders. In terms of leading the opposition fight against Modi, Mamata Banerjee emerges as the best alternative, closely followed by Akhilesh Yadav, Arvind Kejriwal, Naveen Patnaik and Sharad Pawar.In foreign affairs, too, Modi has come out looking good. Those surveyed back Modi’s approach of not engaging in talks with Pakistan till it puts an end to cross-border terrorism. They believe that relations with the US have improved under the Trump presidency. And that the Modi government’s tenure has seen a gradual improvement of relations with China.There are many pluses to having a leader with such extreme power and the trust of a nationand there are minuses. First, the pluses. In his second term, Modi has already shown that of the three core issues before his party and its mentor organisation, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), his government has been able to deliver on two of them: shredding Article 370 and pushing for a uniform civil code (triple talaq act is seen as part of it). Whether the outcome of the decision on Kashmir will be peace or rising protests and terror attacks is yet to be tested. On the other issue of building a Ram temple in Ayodhya, with mediation failing, the party is hoping that the Supreme Court delivers a verdict in its favour.While he has clearly kept the Hindutva flock happy, Modi has also taken care to go beyond a narrow cultural agenda and focus on a development model that RSS leaders such as Deendayal Upadhyay espoused. He seems to recive public endorsement for this approach to development and economic growth, as also for the recent budget, including his bold agenda of making India a $5 trillion economy in five years. Yet, when it came to taking radical reforms to boost the economy, Modi seems to prefer incremental steps rather than big-bang announcements. As an aide put it, The prime minister believes more in stable reform with direction rather than disruption without direction. But Modi should take note of the fact that while giving a thumbs up to his $5 trillion dream, a substantial number of those polled believed it could be achieved only through radical reforms. There are also clear warning signals of an economic slowdownwith key sectors like auto and real estate in the doldrumssomething that the Modi government has to sort out.The minuses of having a brute majority in Parliament backed by such enormous personal popularity is that voters’ expectations tend to be extraordinarily high too. It becomes extremely difficult for any leader or government to satisfy them. The Indian cricket team knows the fickleness of public opinion only too well. The adulation and the hero worship remain only as long as the team is winning. But they drop steeply when performance flagsas we saw in the recent World Cup. The other danger is that hubris sets in far quicker if you don’t have either a strong opposition or cabinet colleagues with the stature to question and moderate your decisions. Authoritarianism usually follows, with the leader increasingly relying on a small clique for advice. In his second term, Modi should welcome opposition suggestions and take criticism (including from the media) in his stride.Since India recently successfully tested its largest ever rocketGSLV Mark 3to launch its second moon mission, Modi and his colleagues can learn some lessons from the laws of physics that drive rockets. During take-off, a rocket needs to have the drag of its immense weight to stabilise its initial flight. Without that, it can tumble out of control. The drag it experiences allows it to maintain its balance till it develops sufficient thrust to break free of the clutches of gravity and soar to even greater distances with the accuracy it is designed for. As in rocketry, the trick for any leader is to learn to welcome the drag and use it to stabilise one’s flight to achieve the desired height. Among the many qualities Modi has is his ability to be a keen listener and fast learner. If the prime minister plays to these strengths, the sky needn’t be the limit. METHODOLOGYThe India Today Group-Karvy Insights Mood of the Nation (MOTN) poll was conducted by Karvy Insights Limited. A total of 12,126 interviews were conducted (67 per cent rural and 33 per cent urban, and an almost equal number of females and males), spread across 97 parliamentary constituencies and 194 assembly constituencies in 19 statesAndhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. The survey was conducted before the official announcement of the dilution of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir by the NDA government.In each assembly constituency, different starting points were selected covering all the five zones of the constituency: north, south, east, west and centre. A fixed number of interviews were done in each, rigorously following the right-hand rule of household selection. The fieldwork for the MOTN poll was conducted from July 22, 2019 to July 30, 2019. The survey followed random sampling. All interviews were conducted face to face using a standard structured interview questionnaire, which was translated into regional languages. A 15 to 20-minute interview was conducted with each respondent and all the responses were collected digitally using tablets and mobile phones.The poll was conducted under the supervision of Ranjit Chib, chairman of Karvy Insights. He was assisted by vice-president Dixit Chanana and associate vice-presidents Sachin Gupta and Debashish Chatterjee.You’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKritika Bansal
India Today Web Desk Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan)September 18, 2019UPDATED: September 18, 2019 21:13 IST India’s star wrestler Vinesh Phogat (Courtesy: @Media_SAI)HIGHLIGHTSVinesh Phogat won her maiden World Championships medal on WednesdayVinesh sealed India’s Tokyo Olympics quota place in women’s 53 kg eventI hope what I left in Rio, I will be taking in Tokyo: Vinesh PhogatOne of the most heartbreaking scenes in Rio Olympics was India’s star wrestler Vinesh Phogat being stretchered off the mat midway during her quarter-final bout.Vinesh, who was touted as one of the brightest medal prospects for India, won her pre-quarterfinal by technical superiority to reach the quarter-final wherein she suffered a knee dislocation.Cut to 2019, Vinesh Phogat has once again made herself one of the top contenders for an Olympic medal in the country.On Wednesday in Nur-Sultan, Vinesh Phogat ended her long wait for a World Championships medal, clinching a bronze in her fourth attempt.A second Commonwealth Games and a historic Asian Games gold were won after the Rio Olympics heartbreak but the World Championships medal has given Vinesh Phogat a lot of joy and confidence ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, which is 9 months away.Vinesh Phogat took the decision of moving up the weight category to 53 kg earlier this year and the young wrestler is happy she was able to make a mark at the highest level at Nur-Sultan.”I am feeling very happy. This is my first world medal. For 5 years, I have been trying and trying and now I changed my weight category from 50 to 53 and finally, I won this medal and Olympic quota for my country. A very proud moment for me,” Vinesh Phogat said after the bronze medal-winning show on Wednesday.”It’s only been 10 months since I changed my weight category. And I am very happy to win this medal. It’s a very, very, very happy moment for me.advertisement”I have won my quota for 53 kg for my country. I hope what I left in Rio, I will be taking in Tokyo. I am doing my best to win a gold in Tokyo.”Vinesh became fourth time lucky on Wednesday, winning her maiden World Championships medal in Nur-Sultan after a commanding show in the repechage rounds. Vinesh defeated two-time world bronze medalist Maria Prevolaraki of Greece by fall in the bronze medal bout of 53 kg freestyle event.Vinesh is only the fifth Indian woman wrestler to win a Worlds medal after Alka Tomar (2006), Geeta Phogat (2012), Babita Phogat (2012) and Pooja Dhanda (2018).Vinesh Phogat was thrown out of the title race when she lost the pre-quarter-finals to two-time world champion Mayu Mukaida of Japan on Tuesday. However, Mukaida handed Vinesh a lifeline when she stormed into the final of the 53 kg freestyle event in Nur-Sultan.Vinesh made excellent use of the lifeline by blasting past opponents that came her way in the repechage rounds. She defeated Ukraine’s Yuliia Khavaldzhy Blahinya 5-0 in her opening repechage round on Wednesday before coming up with a commanding display against World No. 1 Sarah Ann Hilderbrandt of USA.Also Read | Vinesh Phogat wins maiden Wrestling World Championships medalAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Vinesh PhogatFollow Tokyo Olympics Vinesh Phogat sets sight on maiden Olympics medal after World Championships bronzeWrestling World Championships: Vinesh Phogat won her maiden world meet medal on Wednesday hours after she clinched India’s Tokyo Olympic berth in the 53 kg freestyle event in Nur-Sultan.advertisement Next
Vijay Patil files nomination, set to be elected MCA presidentThe soon to be crowned MCA President Vijay Patil is not a politician himself but comes with political lineage; his father Dr. DY Patil has been Congress politician and Governer of three states.advertisement Rasesh Mandani MumbaiOctober 1, 2019UPDATED: October 1, 2019 23:02 IST Vijay Patil is not an politician himself but comes with political lineage. (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSVijay Patil will soon be crowned as the new MCA PresidentVijay Patil is not a politician himself but comes with political lineagePatil fought hard against Sharad Pawar for the top post in 2015 but could not overcome Pawar’s political nousFor the first time, resulting out of Lodha reforms, 39 international cricketers from Mumbai will be making the voter base in addition to the 350 clubs that vote in Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) elections slated for October 4th.However, cricketers with a right to vote from Sachin Tendulkar, Dilip Vengsarkar and Zaheer Khan will ironically have only two cricketers to choose from amongst 38 who have filed their nominations across 14 posts. Former Mumbai cricketers Amit Dani and Ravi Thakkar are the only cricketers vying for managing committee posts; subordinates to the office-bearers.The sorry state of affairs is partly due to the winnability quotient taking prominence. However, the same Lodha reform clauses that were meant to facilitate cricketers into the game’s administration have also played a role, bowling out cricketers with stringent conflict of interest rules. “We wanted to field Sandeep Patil as our presidential candidate but he could not qualify due to his conflict with his commentary contract,” a senior administrator of Bal Mhadalkar group tells India Today.The likes of former India captains Dilip Vengsarkar and Ajit Wadekar have contested in the past unsuccessfully for President’s post. But in the first elections post reforms, the picture gets bleaker for cricketers wanting to foray into administration.MCA’s international stadium is named after a late politician Sheshrao Wankhede and ever since political heavyweights of the day have remained interested and invested in running Mumbai cricket.It’s no different this time but with the cooling-off and tenure clause coming in the picture, many have had to use the proxy route to stay in power.advertisementFormer Maharashtra Chief Ministers Manohar Joshi, Sharad Pawar, and Vilasrao Deshmukh have served as MCA Presidents over the last three decades. But this won’t be a year for a political potboiler.The soon to be crowned MCA President Vijay Patil is not a politician himself but comes with political lineage; his father Dr. DY Patil has been Congress politician and Governer of three states.”I have to be very candid, considering stature of people who have been Presidents of MCA and the rich legacy is has, to be considered for the post of President, unanimously, is humbling,” he spoke after filing his nomination.Patil fought hard against Sharad Pawar for the top post in 2015 but could not overcome Pawar’s political nous.The weight of the Chief Minister’s chair also makes its presence felt in the final analysis. Amol Kale, a Nagpur based industrialist and close aid of CM Devendra Fadnavis is fielded by the Bal Mhadalkar group for Vice President and allowed free sailing with no contest from opposing, Cricket for Change group.Maharashtra state sports minister and former MCA President Ashish Shelar backed Sanjay Naik is contesting for the crucial Secretary’s position but likely to face stiff resistance from the seasoned administrator and pitch curator Nadeem Menon.Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik who has unsuccessfully contested in past MCA elections has fielded his son Vihang Sarnaik, this time for one of the nine Managing committee posts.While none of the political candidates this time are heavyweights, a look at representatives of 350 clubs’ voter base would tell you, there will be no shortage of mega politicians turning up on the voting day. Starting from Aditya Thackrey who could be the next Deputy CM of the state, his father and Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackrey, BJP’s current minister Ashish Shelar, NCA politician Jitendra Awahad – politicians across party lines have stakes and will come for voting.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Mumbai Cricket AssociationFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow Dilip Vengsarkar Next
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